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A senior official has denied that a new application set up by the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission is a way for the state to snoop on people.
Many in Thailand were suspicious when the “Phreutimat” app was introduced. The app’s name has connotations to the Thai word for “behavior” (preut-ti-gam).
Korkit Danchaiwijit, a deputy at the NBTC with responsibility for mobile phone usage, said that the app would enable consumers to gauge their mobile phone usage in real time.
It will help them to ascertain the best package for them to use in the future.
He said “Phreutimat” was easy, problem free and not complicated and was a useful tool for finding out one’s own mobile behavior.
It was not there so that the NBTC or the wider government could snoop on people or invade their privacy or data.
Manager said that the app would also help the NBTC to gauge and track consumer behavior “in the interests of fairness”.
Thai online forums discussing the app are full of people suspicious of the motives of the NBTC and the government.